“They came to protect me,” Borzykh said sarcastically of the Russian-separatist forces. “I didn’t need their protection.”
So Borzykh, born in Russia in 1952 to a Russian father and a Ukrainian mother, soon returned to Kyiv.
“My mom loved Ukraine with all her heart and brought us back,” Borzykh told the Kyiv Post. His mother had been deported to Soviet Russia after her parents were killed in 1937. She met his father there.